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What makes a city livable? How do great neighborhoods support economic growth, public safety, art, education, and other positive aspects of community? Walljasper (senior fellow, Project for Public Spaces) argues that vibrant neighborhoods provide myriad intangible benefits to residents and visitors alike. He arranges his treatment of how to nurture better neighborhoods into a series of discussions about public space, addressing leisure, traffic and transportation, safety and crime prevention, economic vitality, environmental concerns, and community celebrations in turn. Real-life examples of neighborhood-specific evolutions, with community energy functioning on its own terms, are provided throughout. But this is not a guide for politicians, city planners, or architects-instead, it is a practical manual for regular folks who live in cities and towns, with arguments predicated on the idea that the people who live in a place are the experts on their own neighborhood. This populist approach is what really sets Walljasper's book apart. The anecdotal photographs (e.g., a family out for an evening walk in their neighborhood) add to the book's accessibility. Highly recommended for high school and public libraries and for academic libraries supporting architecture and urban studies programs.